When Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed a little known Saline County divorce attorney, Gary "Bud" Ray Roberts, to head the ABC Administration, he stated “I am pleased to announce Bud Roberts as the new Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Bud’s breadth of experience in Arkansas law, in addition to the knowledge he possesses of the issues related to ABC, makes him the right choice as new director.”
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This blog has published stories that have demonstrated that Roberts has no legal experience whatsoever in matters before the ABC.
It seems that Roberts has told individuals that he doesn't know much about the goings on at the ABC and that Mary Robin Casteel, "is probably the most knowledgeable person in the state on this subject".
Casteel actually filled the director's spot just before Robert's was appointed.
Perhaps Roberts should resign and save the taxpayers the $89,857.46 salary he receives and let the more experienced Castell head up the ABC.
Everyone knows that he was appointed to the position not because of his knowledge and experience in matters relating to the ABC, but rather because his brother's law firm employs one of Asa's sons, and the large donation to Asa's campaign fund made by Roberts brother are the true reasons Bud received the appointment.